The Pocklington Tennis Club Driffield League mixed match season got off to a ‘smashing’ start last week and in spite of un-availability and injury all 4 teams who played picked up victories. The ‘A’ Team however, picked up their first points without hitting a ball due to Driffield Rec having to concede their game due to late cry offs resulting in insufficient players to field a team making it a disappointing start for Pock.
The ‘B’ team relegated from Division 1 last season stormed to a 7-2 victory away at Sledmere in Division 2, with top scorers Helen Fairey and Graham Taylor picking up all 3 sets ,one on a tie break 8-7,8-6,8-3. The ever-improving Matt Ralphs teaming up with Franki Marsh almost followed suit with 2 tie breaks winning one and losing the second but picking up their third 8-5. John Wood pulled up from the ‘C’ Team partnered Looby Kettlewell to add two more to the tally 8-3,8-6 losing to the first couple 4-8.
The Mixed ‘C’ also picked up an impressive 7-2 win welcoming back former club member Sue Sumner after many years away playing at Dunnington, who teamed up with Adam Smith dropping only 7 games winning 8-6,8-0,8-1. They were closely followed by the very consistent Fiona Lambert and Jim Holding 8-5,8-2,8-2. Mark Smith aka ‘Smithy ‘teamed up with Louise Durkin to pick up the ever-important set 8-4, losing their other two 6-8,3-8. It was a first for the club finishing the matches under the new floodlights making life a lot easier for any older eyes!
The Mixed ‘D’ re-instated in Division 4 after thinking they had been relegated last season, had a battle on their hands but came away with a great victory away at Beverley 5-4 , amazingly the game score was 55-54 to Beverley ! Whilst Captain Jean Hunter and Stuart Berry picked up three sets 8-5,8-3,8-3 . Matt Cotton and Louise Wilkinson won one 8-4 and then saved the day taking the winning tie break set 8-7 to clinch the match. Di Flint and Firooz came close but lost all three 6-8,3-8,5-8.
Not to be outdone the Mixed ‘E’ took on local rivals Market Weighton ‘D’ and won 7-2 but not without a fight with some close games. Captain Angie Collins and James Eaglesfield won 8-5,8-6 and then produced the comeback of all comebacks coming from 2-7 down to win 8-7 on a tie break causing the captain to skip her way off the court! Youth and experience saw second couple Ben Smith, taking a break from A level, to partner Helen Marsden last weeks Horsley Trophy winner, and notch up two sets 8-6,8-6, losing their third 6-8.
The home teams then enjoyed tennis ‘teas’ at The Plough at Allerthorpe to round off a successful night and a magnificent start to the season
Fortunes weren’t so great for The Ladies Teams with only the Ladies A in Division 1 victorious notching up close 5-4 victory against local rivals Market Weighton. The Ladies B also in Division 1 got a severe beating at Long Riston 9-0 with only Andrea Bland and Louise Wilkinson coming close in one set 6-8 and Looby Kettlewell and Jean Hunter losing two sets 5-8.
The Ladies C who dropped down to Division 2 fared slightly better going down 7-2 against Hackness and Scarborough with Clare Parkes and Kate Brown picking up the only two sets. The Ladies D managed one set against Harpham thanks to Shelly Morgan and Hazel Rowe taking it 8-5 with Sheila Williams and Debbie Gleig just missing out on the ever-annoying tie break!
The club decided to field only one team in the York Fulford Invitation weekend league this season and Pock Ladies kicked off their campaign against York’s David Lloyd Ladies. Unlike the Driffield League which is first to 8 with a tiebreak at 7-7 in the Fulford Invitation couples play 12 games against each couple. Top scorers Lisa Eade and Andrea Bland picking up 17 games 7-5,6-6 ,4-8. Franki March and Helen Whilesmith came close behind on 16, halving two and losing one 4-8. Fiona Lambert and Josephine Nuttman picked up 12 games giving David Lloyd the match 63-45.
It was good news however for Pocklington two Men’s Teams playing in the Driffield League with the A Team in Division 2 having a convincing 7-2 win against old rivals Malton. Club coach Dave Thompson and new ‘hot shot’ Toby Seth won all three sets 8-7,8-5, 8-0. Old timer Trevor Loten and partner Matt Ralphs lost 6-8 but then stormed to victory dropping only 3 games 8-1,8-2 . Sean Evans and Adam Smith won 8-2,8-5; losing their third on a tie break 8-7.
The Men’s B in Division 3 matched the A Team score also winning 7-2. Dave Gamble and Sam Britton on fine form dropping only 7 games to win 8-0,8-3,8-4,closely followed by Mark Smith and Jim Holding 8-2,8-1 losing one 2-8 .David Moores and Ross Gleig completing the score sheet with two convincing sets 8-0,8-3 before dropping one 6-8. Well done boys!
Read more: 2019 league fixtures